Whether you're spending time at the beach, bach or bush this summer, it’s a good idea to pack a basic first aid kit. And it’s not just plasters you need. Check out these four essential solutions that’ll have you and your family covered for any (or all!) common mishaps.

Essential healthcare for the family this holidays


With that gaping hole in the ozone layer and the intensity of the antipodean sun, over-exposure is hard to avoid. Good news however, Aloe vera is the most effective cooling relief for sunburn. It gives instant hydration and relief while providing exactly what the skin needs to minimise damage and enhance the repair process.


The Aloe Vera Gel (Organic) that we've ‘bottled’ for easy and convenient access is further enhanced with Calendula Tea and Lavender Hydrosol, intensifying the healing effect. It absorbs into the skin almost immediately, leaving no sticky residue, and all ingredients are pure and organic to ensure that the active compounds are intact to work nature’s full magic - healing and soothing. Slather it on until the heat ebbs. Apply at least 3-6 times to ensure saturation.


One of the not-so-great things about being in the great outdoors is the plethora of flying, biting and stinging pests that reside there! Citronella Organic is well known as an effective, natural insect repellent. However if you want to ‘pull out all the guns’ and really blast those bugs (while still keeping it pure and natural) you need to try our Bugs Repel Spray (Organic).

As well as Citronella, this pure yet potent plant formulation includes Cedarwood Atlas, Eucalyptus Australiana and Tea Tree, all of which are extra-suffocating and repellent for bugs. Held in a gentle Lavender Floral Water base, this spray also offers inbuilt healing properties to help calm itchy bites and guard against infection.

Easy spray application, safe for the entire family. Apply liberally and re-apply every hour. Absolute Essential Bugs Repel is also available as a Pure Blend concentrate for diffusion, and to drop directly to sunscreens and body lotions.


Organic Lavender is one of the most calming, healing essential oils around. It’s gentle on the skin and famous for its powerful cleansing and curative properties; an amazing family-friendly pure plant extract that stands alone as your go-to first-aid solution. Of course, our Lavender True (Organic) is a step above the rest, as it has been grown, harvested and processed with strict organic integrity, meaning it has a unique potency and vibrancy that resonates with the body’s natural vitality.

Uses include -

Wound wash: Add 5 drops (d) Lavender True to water. Cuts, scrapes and stings: Apply 1-2 d Lavender True direct to area. Bruises and burns: Add 1-2 d Lavender True to area. Rashes: Add 1-2 d Lavender True to area. Sleep and Calm: Add 10 d to your bath or diffuser or rub 5 d on sole of each foot. Repeat as required. Use half dose for children.

All four products highlighted here are safe for family use. Absolute Essential is a company that is environmentally and ethically responsible, using only sustainable sources of wild and organic ingredients... the name you can trust to be safe, gentle and effective. Kinder on your skin, and kinder to the planet. It's all good!

- Dr Bo Hedgen